Medical Marijuana and Medical Cannabis

What is Medical Marijuana?

Medical marijuana, or medical cannabis, is plant-based from the cannabis species with two active compounds THC and CBD. The medicine contains more than 100 different chemicals called cannabinoids. Each one has a different effect on the body. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the main chemicals used in medicine. Medical marijuana can be administered through various methods including capsules, lozenges, edibles, lotion, spray, oil, or cream, and vaporizing or smoking dried buds.

The most common use of medical cannabis is for pain control. It can help ease the pain of multiple sclerosis and nerve pain. It is used as a muscle relaxant and lessens tremors in Parkinson’s disease. It can also be prescribed for fibromyalgia and most other painful conditions.

Medical marijuana is used to help treat different neurological conditions, including:

• Alzheimer’s disease
• Chronic Pain
• Epilepsy
• Lou Gehrig’s disease
• Movement disorders
• Multiple sclerosis
• Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
• Sleep disorders


Is Medical Marijuana Legal in Florida?

Yes. Only approved medical treatment centers are authorized in Florida to dispense medical marijuana to qualified patients and legal representatives. About 85% of Americans support legalizing this medicine, and it is estimated that at least several million Americans currently use it.


Is a Prescription Needed for Medical Marijuana?

Medical Marijuana - Florida Department of HealthYou must have a condition that qualifies for medical treatment. To get medical marijuana, you need a written recommendation from a licensed doctor. Only qualified physicians are permitted to certify patients for medical marijuana use. First Choice Neurology has several qualified physicians with the Florida Department of Health.

The Office of Medical Marijuana Use, through its contracted vendor Veritec, is the only entity issuing legal identification cards for medical marijuana in Florida. No other entity is authorized to process applications.


Beware of Buying Medical Cannabis or CBD Online

The Florida Department of Health is reminding Florida residents to use caution to avoid falling victim to medical cannabis scams.

The US Food and Drug Administration recently sent a warning letter to a Massachusetts company for illegally selling unapproved products containing cannabidiol (CBD). “Selling unapproved products with unsubstantiated therapeutic claims…can put patients and consumers at risk by leading them to put off important medical care,” Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless, MD, said in a statement. The FDA says the company used product webpages, its online store, and social media to make unsupported and unapproved claims about more than a dozen different CBD products.

To date, the FDA has approved only one CBD product — a purified formulation of CBD (Epidiolex, GW Pharmaceuticals) — to treat two rare, severe forms of epilepsy (Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome).